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Rand Paul net worth: Perhaps because he lacks what other 2016 presidential hopefuls have – a dedicated benefactor – Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's net worth is minuscule. As far as his campaign finances are concerned, at least…
You see, Paul's PAC and super PAC contributions pale in comparison to his Republican rivals. According to July 23 data from the Center for Responsive Politics (reported on its site, OpenSecrets.org), since the 2010 cycle, Paul has received $106,515 from the Club for Growth and $32,085 from the Senate Conservatives Fund – his two biggest donors. That's pocket change for opponent Jeb Bush, who had to ask contributors to his "Right to Rise" super PAC to limit donations to $1 million because it was getting too large.
It's no wonder Paul has tried to woo several known Republican mega-donors like the Koch Brothers, but to no avail.
Paul's personal net worth is an entirely different matter. The GOP candidate has an estimated $2.5 million to his name, according to OpenSecrets.org. It reports that Paul had 27 assets totaling $683,036 to $1,970,000 in 2013 (reported in 2014 – the most recent data available). In addition to his annual $174,000 Senate income that year, Paul also received an $180,000 advance on his first book, a $90,000 advance for his second book, and royalties.
All that cash makes Paul the 76th richest senator in the United States today.
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